In Indian culture, marriage is considered sacred. This is a sacred bond that binds two people together for the rest of their lives. So the Marriage registration laws in India are quite numerous.
At present, there are two laws designed to deal with the challenge of marriage registration laws in diverse cultures. They are:
The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
The Special Marriage Act, 1954
A Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 deals with marriage registration where both husband and wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs, or have converted to one of these religions. The Hindu Marriage Act only covers marriages that have already been solemnized. As a result, the Special Marriage Act, 1954 lists the procedure for both solemnization and registration of marriages between anyone who is not a Hindu, Buddhist, Jains or Sikh.
Marriage registration can be initiated on any working day by applying at the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate in whose jurisdiction the husband or wife resides. The application form must be completed and signed by both husband and wife. Where the verification of all the documents is carried out on the date of application and a day is fixed for the appointment, and both parties are given that date. As part of this ceremony, the couple, as well as the Gazetted Officer who attended the marriage, need to appear before the ADM on the day when the Marriage Certificate will be issued.
You will need the following documents to register it online:
- Completed and signed application form by both husband and wife
- An official form of proof of address, which can be a voter ID card, ration card, passport, or driver’s license
- Both parties must provide proof of their dates of birth
- Photographs of two passport-size
- Photograph of a wedding
- Affidavits from both the husband and wife in prescribed format
- As a result of the new laws, the Aadhaar Card is required (though it is not mandatory)It is mandatory to self-attest all of the above-mentioned documents.
Through the internet, you can also handle the entire registration process online. The time and trouble of traveling is saved.
You only need to download, fill out, and submit the forms. However, you still have to show up on the date of your appointment, which still saves you the time and effort of gathering forms, documents, and details beforehand.